SPC Piestewa

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) – Arizona Gamma (AZG) Chapter:
I was saddened to hear that the NAU Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) died in 2015 and was revived in 2016.  I remember joining during the Spring semester of my senior year, having rejected several offers to join sooner.  Now that I have graduated and have a family of my own, I wish I had been more involved in TBP when I was at NAU, but am proud to be able to tell my family that I was a member when in school!  Unfortunately, there isn’t a website for AZG, but there is contact info for officers located in the website above.
 AZG will be hosting this year’s District Convention on April 6th in Flagstaff.
SPC Piestewa:
Fifteen years ago today, SPC Lori Ann Piestewa gave her life in Iraq.  A member of the Hopi tribe, she was the first female US soldier to die in the 2003 Iraq war.  I remember whem this happened, and the entire Flagstaff community came together to remember her.  Thank you, SPC Piestewa. #NeverForget #Hero
Oumuamua:
A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:
Distance: 431,434,000 mi from Earth (disclaimer: these are my personal calculations, and may be off)
(For reference: Mars is 141,600,000 miles, Jupiter is between 365,000,000 and 601,000,000 miles from Earth)
Closest distance: 25,656,000 mi on Oct 8th
Velocity: 16.36 mi/s (1,414,000 mi/day)
This article discusses how “Implications for Planetary System Formation from Interstellar Object 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua),” was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters in December—with four NAU faculty members and five graduate students as authors.  Way t ogo Jacks!!!
Science:
This article discusses NAU Professor Jani Ingram, a professor of analytical and environmental chemistry at Northern Arizona University.  Ingram received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.  Keep up the good work, Jani!
This article discusses how the Ecological Society of America (ESA) has elected Northern Arizona University biological sciences professor Yiqi Luo as a 2018 fellow. #NAUStrong
Science on Tap, which takes place downtown at The Green Room one Thursday a month, provides a relaxed atmosphere where scientists from Northern Arizona University, local science organizations and universities throughout the country can share new findings with Flagstaff residents.
More information on the series can be found on the Flagstaff Science on Tap Facebook page or by contacting Kara.Gibson@nau.edu.These events are free and open to anyone ages 21 and older.
Health:
The Journey for Underrepresented Medical Professions (JUMP), is a  program that focuses on increasing diversity in and capacity of allied health and primary care professionals.  The overall project goal is to strengthen the nation’s health and human services workforce by creating a pipeline for students to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the health professions.
Off Campus Life:
Science on Tap, which takes place downtown at The Green Room one Thursday a month, provides a relaxed atmosphere where scientists from Northern Arizona University, local science organizations and universities throughout the country can share new findings with Flagstaff residents.
More information on the series can be found on the Flagstaff Science on Tap Facebook page or by contacting Kara.Gibson@nau.edu.These events are free and open to anyone ages 21 and older.
Time to hit the slopes!  Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!
Sports:
ll-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx
If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above
article.  You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the
TuneIn app.  Go Jacks!!!
The Lumberjacks have bagged themselves a Cougar!  Mike Marlow, the former Deputy Athletic Director at WSU (Cougars) was announced as NAU new Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU on Dec. 13th.  Much success, Mr. Marlow, we’re all counting on you!  #NAUStrong
And Still:
Although the Jack’s season is over, with Arizona’s loss in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, ASU’s loss in the NCAA play-in game to Syracuse, and GCU’s 1st round loss at the CBI tournament, the NAU Lumberjacks are the last NCAA Basketball team from the state of Arizona to play a “meaningful” basketball game in April (April 2nd, 2015, NAU lost 65-71 to Evansville in the CIT Finals).
Men’s Basketball 5-27, (2-16):
Well, at least that’s finally over.  The Jacks lost to Portland State (66-72), Idaho (52-66), and on the road to Eastern Washington (68-85) before, unsurprisingly, losing their first game of the Big Sky Tournament in Reno to Northern Colorado (59-82).  Thank you Jacks for all your hard work this season!
Women’s Basketball 7-23, (4-14):
The Lady Jacks dropped a road game against Portland State, 59-68 before losing home games against Idaho (83-93) and Eastern Washington (83-98).  They concluded their season with a loss to Portland State (61-77) at eh Big Sky Tournament in Reno. Thank you for all your hard work this season, ladies!
Swimming and Diving:
The Aqua Jacks are currently in Houston for the WAC Championships from the 21st through the 24th. They’ve finished 1st on Wednesday and Thursday, and will (hopefully) be able to keep it up through Saturday.  Go AquaJacks!!!
Men’s Tennis 6-9 (4-1):
The Men lost to Idaho (3-4), Beat Eastern Washington (6-1), lost to Marquette (3-4), and beat North Dakota and Northern Colorado (both 7-0), before losing to UNLV (2-5).  Next Saturday, they be on the road at Idaho State and Weber State on Sunday. #NAUStrong
Women’s Tennis 10-3 (5-0):
The women beat Portland State (6-1), lost at UNLV (2-4) and beat Eastern Washington (5-2), and Idaho (4-3) in Idaho.  Up next, they take on Southern Utah on Tuesday in Utah.  Go Jacks!
Golf:
The Lady Jacks finished 17th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson.  Up next, they will play the Red Rocks Invitation in Sedona on the 24th and 25th. Go Jacks!!!
Football (7-5, 6-2):
http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his
Update:  Coach Sours apparently will be staying in the wake of Lisa Campos accepting the Athletic Director position at UT San Antonio.
NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this
season.  The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university
and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the
remainder of the season.  Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky
history (118 wins (81 Conf. wins) and counting).  I remember playing
football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our
practice.  We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did
remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never
known an NAU football program without Coach Sours.  We wish you the best
Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us.  You truly
are a Lumberjack Legend!
Well, that was embarrassing.  The Jacks laid an egg in the Skydome in the playoffs, losing to the University of San Diego 10-41.  Obviously not the way you want to end a season, but that’s just what happened.  Thank you, Jacks for a great season! Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Soccer (9-10-1, 4-6-1):
They came up short (0-1) against Portland State in the Big Sky Championships.  Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball (13-15, 9-7):
The Lady Jacks lost in the Big Sky Championships to Portland State (1-3) in Sacramento.   Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!
Cross Country:
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx
The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their
rings in Sept.  Way to go, Jacks!
The Defending NCAA Champions successfully defended their NCAA National Title (74 pts) this past Saturday.  Baxter, Day, Lomong, Trouard and Beamish also earned All-American honors with their performances.  Way to go Jacks!!!! We are proud of you!!!!  #NAUStrong #GoJacks
Cross Country Director Michael Smith was named National Men’s Coach of the Year!  Way to go, Michael!
Winter 2017 Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 5-27 (2-16)
Basketball (Women) 7-23 (4-14)
Swimming and Diving –
     First Place Finishes (Team) – 6
     First Place Finishes (Individual) – 74 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (12), Tonya Kurach (9), Roni Houck (5), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (12), Kimmy Richter (6), Monique King (9), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (4), Sarah Takach (3) Raquel Gonzalez (2)).
Spring 2018 Sports Season:
Tennis (Men) 6-9 (4-1)
Tennis (Women) 10-3 (5-0)
Track and Field:
Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen:
Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan:
10,000 meter (Men): Baxter:
Golf:
     Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic
     Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4
Dance:
NAU Dance finished 5th in both Hip-Hop and Jazz  at Nationals in Florida.  Way to go guys!
Football 2018:
I haven’t seen an official schedule release yet, but I have seen that NAU will take on the University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP) on Sept. 1st in El Paso.  Hoping I can find a way to get to the game.
Fall 2017 Sports Season:
Football – 7-5 (6-2)
Soccer – 9-10-1 (4-6-1)
Volleyball – 13-15 (9-7)
Cross Country (Men’s) – Back-to-Back NCAA National Champions!
     1st Place Finishes (Team) – 5
     1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 3 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1), Tyler Day (1))
Cross Country (Women’s) –
     1st Place Finishes (Team)  – 2
     Best Finish (Individual) – 3 (Paige Gilchrist (3))
Golf:
     Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic
     Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4
Spring 2017 Sports Season:
Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)
Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)
Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships
Track and Field:
Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA
Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA
10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA
Winter 2017 Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)
Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)
Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships
Fall 2016 Sports Season:
Football – 5-6 (4-6)
Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky
Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky
Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!
Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky
Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!
For any of you who are out there reading this, if you’d like to contribute
to this blog, let me know in the comments section!
If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/EPZombie51
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Back from the dead

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) – Arizona Gamma (AZG) Chapter:

https://www.tbp.org/off/DisplayChapterInfo.cfm?ID=8

I was saddened to hear that the NAU Chapter of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) died in 2015 and was revived in 2016. I remember joining during the Spring semester of my senior year, having rejected several offers to join sooner. Now that I have graduated and have a family of my own, I wish I had been more involved in TBP when I was at NAU, but am proud to be able to tell my family that I was a member when in school! Unfortunately, there isn’t a website for AZG, but there is contact info for officers located in the website above.

AZG will be hosting this year’s District Convention on April 6th in Flagstaff.

Oumuamua:

A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:

Distance: 320,541,600 mi from Earth (disclaimer: these are my personal calculations, and may be off)

(For reference: Mars is 141,600,000 miles, Jupiter is between 365,000,000 and 601,000,000 miles from Earth)

http://theconversation.com/how-i-discovered-the-origins-of-the-cigar-shaped-alien-asteroid-oumuamua-89577

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/astronomers-to-check-interstellar-body-for-signs-of-alien-technology/ar-BBGCXco?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42397398

https://www.providr.com/astronomer-oumuamua-alien-probe-engines/?f=one&utm_source=TrustMe&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=providr

Science:

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/01/scientists-are-learning-exciting-new-things-from-shitholes/

Had to put this one on here, and it is loosely tied to NAU as there is a quote from Faith Walker, a genetics research professor at NAU. #NAUStrong

Off Campus Life:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/snowbowl-opens-for-the-winter-season-with-entirely-manmade-snow/article_86665695-5ac6-5e42-8998-416d2aa49096.html

Time to hit the slopes! Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!

Sports:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/1/general-nau-footba

ll-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx

If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above

article. You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the

TuneIn app. Go Jacks!!!

https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/wsu-cougar-football/wsu-deputy-ad-mike-marlow-named-athletic-director-at-northern-arizona-university/

The Lumberjacks have bagged themselves a Cougar! Mike Marlow, the former Deputy Athletic Director at WSU (Cougars) was announced as NAU new Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU on Dec. 13th. Much success, Mr. Marlow, we’re all counting on you! #NAUStrong

Men’s Basketball 4-17, (1-7):

The Jacks finally got back into the Win column edging out Montana State on the road 77-75 after dropping home games to Eastern Washington (76-81) and Idaho (80-84). The will continue their trip to Montana as they take on Montana on Saturday. Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Basketball 4-15, (1-7):

The Lady Jacks match the fellas’ record by losing 3 straight to Eastern Washington (62-82), Idaho (68-83) and Montana State (56-78). Up next, they will face Montana at home tomorrow. Go Jacks!!!

Swimming and Diving:

The Aqua Jacks will travel to UCLA for the Bruin Diving Invitational and lost to Colorado State (120-123) but beat Northern Colorado (157-86). Up next, they will take on Boise State in Flagstaff on the 27th. Go AquaJacks!!!

Football (7-5, 6-2):

https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/sep/11/breaking-nau-longtime-football-coach-jerome-souers/

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/campos-finds-new-direction-heads-to-san-antonio-from-nau/article_e2969392-a266-56ab-b4f8-90aed699ebd7.html

http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his

http://nauathletics.com/news/2017/11/20/jerome-souers-to-remain-nau-football-head-coach.aspx?path=football

Update: Coach Sours apparently will be staying in the wake of Lisa Campos accepting the Athletic Director position at UT San Antonio.

NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this

season. The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university

and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the

remainder of the season. Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky

history (118 wins (81 Conf. wins) and counting). I remember playing

football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our

practice. We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did

remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never

known an NAU football program without Coach Sours. We wish you the best

Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us. You truly

are a Lumberjack Legend!

Well, that was embarrassing. The Jacks laid an egg in the Skydome in the playoffs, losing to the University of San Diego 10-41. Obviously not the way you want to end a season, but that’s just what happened. Thank you, Jacks for a great season! Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (9-10-1, 4-6-1):

They came up short (0-1) against Portland State in the Big Sky Championships. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (13-15, 9-7):

The Lady Jacks lost in the Big Sky Championships to Portland State (1-3) in Sacramento. Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

Cross Country:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx

The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their

rings in Sept. Way to go, Jacks!

The Defending NCAA Champions successfully defended their NCAA National Title (74 pts) this past Saturday. Baxter, Day, Lomong, Trouard and Beamish also earned All-American honors with their performances. Way to go Jacks!!!! We are proud of you!!!! #NAUStrong #GoJacks

http://nauathletics.com/news/2017/11/21/cross-country-director-of-xc-michael-smith-named-national-mens-coach-of-the-year.aspx

Cross Country Director Michael Smith was named National Men’s Coach of the Year! Way to go, Michael!

Golf:

The Lady Jacks will be off until Feb. 12th when the go to UC Riverside for the Battle at the Rock. Go Jacks!!!

Winter 2017 Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 4-17 (1-7)

Basketball (Women) 4-15 (1-7)

Swimming and Diving –

First Place Finishes (Team) – 5

First Place Finishes (Individual) – 55 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (8), Tonya Kurach (3), Roni Houck (5), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (8), Kimmy Richter (6), Monique King (6), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (4), Sarah Takach (3)).

Track and Field:

http://nauathletics.com/news/2018/1/11/track-field-kicks-off-indoor-season-with-friday-night-challenge.aspx

Track and Field will get their season up and running today. They will travel to Ames, Iowa on the 9th for the Iowa State Classic.

Dance:

NAU Dance finished 5th in both Hip-Hop and Jazz at Nationals in Florida. Way to go guys!

Football 2018:

I haven’t seen an official schedule release yet, but I have seen that NAU will take on the University of Texas – El Paso (UTEP) on Sept. 1st in El Paso. Hoping I can find a way to get to the game.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 7-5 (6-2)

Soccer – 9-10-1 (4-6-1)

Volleyball – 13-15 (9-7)

Cross Country (Men’s) – Back-to-Back NCAA National Champions!

1st Place Finishes (Team) – 5

1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 3 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1), Tyler Day (1))

Cross Country (Women’s) –

1st Place Finishes (Team) – 2

Best Finish (Individual) – 3 (Paige Gilchrist (3))

Golf:

Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic

Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 2016 Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4) 2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

For any of you who are out there reading this, if you’d like to contribute

to this blog, let me know in the comments section!

If you’re Gabbing in the @GabFam:https://gab.ai/

EPZombie51

Goodbye, Lucy!

Walkup:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/lucy-walkup-dies-at/article_b63c2c6d-f227-5484-a7fd-1046a740a970.html

Lucy Walkup, widow of former NAU President J. Lawrence Walkup, died Monday at the age of 101.

Oumuamua:

A few articles about Oumuamua, the “Interstellar Cigar”:
Distance: 227,845,920 mi from Earth (disclaimer: these are my personal calculations, and may be off)

(For reference: Mars is 141,600,000 miles, Jupiter is between 365,000,000 and 601,000,000 miles from Earth)
http://theconversation.com/how-i-discovered-the-origins-of-the-cigar-shaped-alien-asteroid-oumuamua-89577
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/astronomers-to-check-interstellar-body-for-signs-of-alien-technology/ar-BBGCXco?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42397398
https://www.providr.com/astronomer-oumuamua-alien-probe-engines/?f=one&utm_source=TrustMe&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=providr
Science:
http://news.nau.edu/mack-goetz-boreal-forest/
This article discusses the nearly $2 million project from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which s asking for researchers at Northern Arizona University  to assess the resiliency and vulnerability of the boreal forest on DoD lands across central Alaska.  Professor Scott Goetz of NAU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS), is the lead principal investigator on the project, and professor Michelle Mack of NAU’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss), is a co-principal investigator along with researchers from the Woods Hole Research Center and a private environmental research firm based in Fairbanks. The project, which represents one of the first collaborations between SICCS and Ecoss, will build on work the researchers have been doing for many years throughout the Arctic.   #NAUStrong

Off Campus Life:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/snowbowl-opens-for-the-winter-season-with-entirely-manmade-snow/article_86665695-5ac6-5e42-8998-416d2aa49096.html
Time to hit the slopes!  Snow Bowl is open (just make sure you don’t eat the snow, yellow or white)!

 

 

Sports:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/1/general-nau-footba

ll-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx

 

If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above

article.  You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the

TuneIn app.  Go Jacks!!!
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/wsu-cougar-football/wsu-deputy-ad-mike-marlow-named-athletic-director-at-northern-arizona-university/
The Lumberjacks have bagged themselves a Cougar!  Mike Marlow, the former Deputy Athletic Director at WSU (Cougars) was announced as NAU new Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU on Dec. 13th.  Much success, Mr. Marlow, we’re all counting on you!  #NAUStrong

 

 

Men’s Basketball 3-15, (0-5):

 

The Jacks are still looking for that first conference win, after losing to Southern Utah (75-81).  Up next, they will take on Eastern Washington in Flagstaff (Today). Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Basketball 4-12, (1-4):
The Lady Jacks lost to Southern Utah (57-60) at home on Saturday and are on the road to take on Eastern Washington on tonight.  Go Jacks!!!
Swimming and Diving:
The Aqua Jacks will travel to UCLA for the Bruin Diving Invitational and lost to Colorado State (120-123) but beat Northern Colorado (157-86).  Up next, they will take on Boise State in Flagstaff on the 27th.  Go AquaJacks!!!
Football (7-5, 6-2):

 

https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/sep/11/breaking-nau-longtime-football-coach-jerome-souers/
http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/campos-finds-new-direction-heads-to-san-antonio-from-nau/article_e2969392-a266-56ab-b4f8-90aed699ebd7.html

 

http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his
http://nauathletics.com/news/2017/11/20/jerome-souers-to-remain-nau-football-head-coach.aspx?path=football

 

Update:  Coach Sours apparently will be staying in the wake of Lisa Campos accepting the Athletic Director position at UT San Antonio.
NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this

season.  The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university

and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the

remainder of the season.  Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky

history (118 wins (81 Conf. wins) and counting).  I remember playing

football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our

practice.  We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did

remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never

known an NAU football program without Coach Sours.  We wish you the best

Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us.  You truly

are a Lumberjack Legend!
 

 

Well, that was embarrassing.  The Jacks laid an egg in the Skydome in the playoffs, losing to the University of San Diego 10-41.  Obviously not the way you want to end a season, but that’s just what happened.  Thank you, Jacks for a great season! Go Jacks!!!

 

 

Women’s Soccer (9-10-1, 4-6-1):

They came up short (0-1) against Portland State in the Big Sky Championships.  Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

 

 

Volleyball (13-15, 9-7):

 

The Lady Jacks lost in the Big Sky Championships to Portland State (1-3) in Sacramento.   Great season ladies, we are proud of you! Go Jacks!!!

 

Cross Country:

 

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx

 

The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their

rings in Sept.  Way to go, Jacks!

 

 

The Defending NCAA Champions successfully defended their NCAA National Title (74 pts) this past Saturday.  Baxter, Day, Lomong, Trouard and Beamish also earned All-American honors with their performances.  Way to go Jacks!!!! We are proud of you!!!!  #NAUStrong #GoJacks
http://nauathletics.com/news/2017/11/21/cross-country-director-of-xc-michael-smith-named-national-mens-coach-of-the-year.aspx
Cross Country Director Michael Smith was named National Men’s Coach of the Year!  Way to go, Michael!

 
 

Golf:

The Lady Jacks will be off until Feb. 12th when the go to UC Riverside for the Battle at the Rock.  Go Jacks!!!

 
Winter 2017 Sports Season:

 

Basketball (Men) 3-14 (0-4)

 

Basketball (Women) 4-11 (1-3)

 

Swimming and Diving –
     First Place Finishes (Team) – 5

     First Place Finishes (Individual) – 55 (Sarah O’Conner (5), Alina Staffeldt (8), Tonya Kurach (3), Roni Houck (5), Niamh McDonagh (4), Christina Torrente (8), Kimmy Richter (6), Monique King (6), Sam Milewski (1), Andrea Schmidt (2), Elisa Rodriguez (4), Sarah Takach (3)).

Track and Field: 
http://nauathletics.com/news/2018/1/11/track-field-kicks-off-indoor-season-with-friday-night-challenge.aspx
Track and Field will get their season up and running today.  They will travel to Ames, Iowa on the 9th for the Iowa State Classic.
Dance:

NAU Dance is in Florida for Nationals

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

 

Football – 7-5 (6-2)

 

Soccer – 9-10-1 (4-6-1)

 

Volleyball – 13-15 (9-7)  

 

Cross Country (Men’s) – Back-to-Back NCAA National Champions!

 

     1st Place Finishes (Team) – 5

 

     1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 3 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1), Tyler Day (1))

 

Cross Country (Women’s) –

 

     1st Place Finishes (Team)  – 2

 

     Best Finish (Individual) – 3 (Paige Gilchrist (3))

 

Golf:

 

     Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic

 

     Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4

 

 

 

Spring Sports Season:

 

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

 

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

 

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

 

Track and Field:

 

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

 

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

 

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

 

 

Winter Sports Season:

 

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

 

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

 

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

 

 

Fall 2016 Sports Season:

 

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

 

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

 

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

 

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

 

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

 

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

 

 

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Sad

Science/On Campus Life/Memories:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/old-nau-dorm-makes-way-for-new-stem-building/article_1a283ca5-caa9-57ff-b81c-776e4be3fb6e.html

This article talks about NAU’s plan to demolish Peterson Hall to make way for a new STEM building.  As a former occupant of Peterson (one of the last ones), I’m sorry to see it go, but it’s for a good cause.

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/nau-lab-opens–d-printing-to-the-public/article_f73b62e5-080b-518d-8d3d-98b7923d92b5.html

This article talks about NAU’s MakerLab being open to the public. Hooray for Science (and 3D printing!)!

On Campus/Off Campus Life:

Las Vegas – Words cannot express how horrible this is.  The mother of one of our fellow Lumberjacks was one of the victims:
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooting-mother-northern-arizona-university-student-among-those-killed-lisa-patterson/728021001/
Tom Petty passed away earlier this week.  You’re on your own finding links to that one, though.

Sports:

http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/1/general-nau-football-and-mens-basketball-gameday-audio-broadcasts-on-tunein-for-free.aspx

If you’re away from Flagstaff (like yours truly) take a look at the above article.  You can find NAU Football and Basketball games for free with the TuneIn app.  Go Jacks!!!

Football (2-2, 2-0):

https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2017/sep/11/breaking-nau-longtime-football-coach-jerome-souers/

http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2017-09-12/fcs-football-northern-arizona-legend-jerome-souers-makes-2017-his

NAU Head football coach Jerome Sours is retiring after the end of this season.  The announcement was made on Tuesday to ensure that the university and the community had an opportunity the thank coach Sours over the remainder of the season.  Coach Sours is the winningest coach in Big Sky history (114 wins (78 Conf. wins) and counting).  I remember playing football in Arizona in the late 90’s and Coach Sours visiting our practice.  We didn’t talk or anything, but when I saw this article it did remind me of that time and how, for most recent NAU grads, they’ve never known an NAU football program without Coach Sours.  We wish you the best Coach, and thank you for all the great memories you’ve given us.  You truly are a Lumberjack Legend!

2 days until NAU defends the Skydome against Illinois State and tries to keep their winning streak (2 wins) going!  This will be the Hall of Fame game during Family Weekend! Go Jacks!!!

Women’s Soccer (8-5-0, 3-1):

The Lady Jacks did better at home, beating both Northern Colorado and North Dakota 1-0 in Flagstaff.  Tomorrow, they hit the road to take on the Portland State and then Montana on Sunday.  Go Jacks!!!

Volleyball (6-9, 2-2):
The Lady Jacks split their last two games, beating Idaho State 3-0, but losing to Weber State 0-3).  Up next, the Lady Jacks will return home to take on Eastern Washington (today) and Idaho (Saturday) in Flagstaff. Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/9/8/mens-cross-country-receives-its-2016-ncaa-national-championship-rings.aspx
The NCAA National Champion Lumberjack Cross Country team received their rings in Sept.  Way to go, Jacks!

The Defending NCAA Champions keep up the good work with a 1st place finish (19 pts) at the Greater Louisville Classic.  The women finished in 5th place with 181 pts.  Up next, the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational for the Men on the 13th and the Pre-National Invitational on the 14th (both are away, in Madison and Louisville, respectively).  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx
Golf:

Two members of the Lumberjack Golf team played in the Cowgirl Desert  Intercollegiate on the 30th and 1st.  Loren Skibba finsihed tied for 56th (248) and Emma Reyes (251) both played as individuals.  Up next, the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate in Fort Collins, CO on the 6th through the 8th.Go Jacks!!!

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 2-2 (2-0)

Soccer – 8-5-0 (3-1-0)

Volleyball – 6-9 (2-2) 

Cross Country (Men’s) – Defending NCAA National Champions!

     1st Place Finishes (Team) – 2

     1st Place Finishes (Individual) – 2 (Peter Lomong (1), Matt Baxter (1))

Cross Country (Women’s) –

     1st Place Finishes (Team)  – 1

     Best Finish (Individual) – 2 (Paige Gilchrist)

Golf:

     Best Finish (Team) – 12th Col. Wollenberg’s Ram Classic

     Best Finish (Individual) – Sofia Anokhina – T4

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall 2016 Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

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Upset City

Eclipse 2017 (Aug 21st):

Article describing NAU student’s and faculty’s observations during the partial solar eclipse that occurred on Aug 21st:

http://news.nau.edu/eclipse-story/#.WagjZbAUnxg
Science:
http://news.nau.edu/science-engineering-day/#.WagooLAUnxg
Shear awesomeness in this one, as this article talks about NAU’s Science and Engineering Day (Sept. 23rd).  This coincides with the Annual Flagstaff Festival of Science (Sept 22nd – Oct. 1st).

Football:

2 days until NAU kicks off the 2017 season at UofA!  Go Jacks!!!

http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/ncaaf/asu/2017/08/28/new-mexico-state-partied-1999-asus-expense/605319001/
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2012/9/8/9_8_2012_614.aspx?path=football
Just in case you are thinking that there’s no way the Jacks can take down the Cats, I found the above article, which, although it doesn’t involve either team, and NMSU is (technically) a FBS football program, shows that upsets do happen. 
The second article is a little closer to home.  It talks about NAU’s upset of UNLV (FBS football team) in 2012.
Huge upsets can happen.  Go Jacks!!!
Women’s Soccer:

The Lady Jacks took down Canyon University 1-0, and will face the Detroit Titans tomorrow, and Nevada on Sunday.  Go Jacks!!!
Volleyball:
Volleyball started the season (and the Miami Best Western Sycamore Inn Invitational) off strong with a victory (3-2) over Southern Illinois, but then dropped 2 straight to Western Kentucky (0-3) and Miami, Oh (1-3). Tomorrow, they will begin the Hampton Inn Jackrabbit Invitational in Brookings, SD against Valparaiso (Fri), CSU Bakersfield (Sat) and South Dakota St (Sat).  Go Jacks!!!!

Cross Country:
2 days until the Defending NCAA Champions begin their title defense at the George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff.  Go Jacks!!!
http://www.nauathletics.com/news/2017/7/31/lumberjack-cross-country-releases-2017-schedule.aspx

Men’s Basketball:

http://azdailysun.com/sports/local/full-schedule-announced-for-nau-men-s-basketball/article_9c47da29-1fd8-5699-878d-467f4d253722.html

This article talks about the release of the schedule for the Men’s Basketball this upcoming season.

Fall 2017 Sports Season:

Football – 0-0 (0-0)

Soccer – 2-1-0 (0-0-0)

Volleyball – 1-2 (0-0) 

Cross Country (Men’s) – Defending NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) –

Spring Sports Season:

Tennis (Men) 15-8 (10-2)

Tennis (Women) 18-5 (10-1)

Golf – Anokhina – 1st at the Big Sky Conference Championships

Track and Field:

Hammer Throw (Women) Andersen: 2nd in NCAA

Hammer Throw (Men) Keenan: 11th in NCAA

10,000 meter (Men): Baxter: 7th in NCAA

Winter Sports Season:

Basketball (Men) 9-23 (6-13)

Basketball (Women) 9-21 (5-13)

Swimming and Diving – Kurach – 49th at NCAA Championships

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!

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Going Rogue

Star Wars:
I went and saw Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this past weekend.  The movie was excellent, I would highly recommend it.  It also reminded me of my time at NAU (when Star Wars Episodes II and III came out).  As a child, I was into Star Wars, but there were only the original Trilogy (Episodes IV – VI).  By the time Episode I came out, I had grown up, and didn’t have time for “nerdy” Star Wars movies anymore.  Fast forward several more years, and Episode VII (The Force Awakens) comes out.  Due to family changes, Star Wars movies are “cool” again, so I watched all of them in order.  I’m not too sorry I missed Episodes I – III while in college, they just don’t seem as good.
Science:
This article discusses the impact the bitumen (tar-like fuel extracted from oil sands) could have on the ocean in the case of a spill.  I mention the article because Dr. Thomas Sisk of NAU was one of the contributing authors to the study.
Off Campus Life:
Missed this one a few weeks ago, but thought I should share.  I remember frequenting Granny’s Closet during my years in Flagstaff, and it makes me sad that I will never be able to introduce my family to this wonderful restaurant.  Thank you, Zanzucchi family, for giving us such a great place to grab some wings and beers over the years!
Campus Life:
NAU keeps it green by being awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status for the Aquatic and Tennis complex.  This is NAU’s 13th LEED-certified building.  Way to go Jacks!
Winter Sports Season:
Basketball (Men) 3-10 (0-0) The Jacks got their first win in December as they defeated UTEP but then stumbled against Illinois – Chicago.  Up next Big Sky Conference play against Southern Utah on Dec. 31st.  Go Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Basketball (Women) 4-7 (0-0)  The Lady Jacks are taking notes from the Men apparently, losing to Grand Canyon University and Utah.  Up next, Conference play, as they will travel to take on Southern Utah on the 31st. Go Lady Jacks!!! #NAUStrong

Fall Sports Season:

Football – 5-6 (4-6)

Soccer – 10-7-5 (5-2-3) 2nd Big Sky

Volleyball – 24-8 (12-4)  2nd Big Sky

Cross Country (Men’s) – NCAA National Champions!

Cross Country (Women’s) – 1st in Big Sky

Merry Christmas!

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Jacks picking up

Ok, so here we go:  http://news.nau.edu/nau-joins-lowell-observatory-honor-legacy-founder/#WAjlnHm7q70

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percival_Lowell
Science – Although this did happen last weekend, I believe it still deserved to be mentioned.  October 15th, 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of Percival Lowell’s death.  Lowell was an astronomer and mathematician who built the Lowell Observatory (named after Percival), he studied Mars and laid the foundation for the discovery of Pluto (which will always be a planet, as far as I am concerned).  Lowell also helped astronomy by being one of the first to place telescopes where they would function more efficiently (elevated areas away from populated areas (lights)), which has become common practice, and also his theories of Mars as a dying planet, although disproven, laid the ground work for many sci-fi stories.

Football – 3-4 (2-2) The Jacks have finally turned things around, winning at Montana State and at Home against Idaho State (for Homecoming).  They will take on #10 Montana this Saturday at the Walkup Skydome.  Let’s go Jacks!

Soccer – 6-7-3 (3-2-2) The Lady Jack Lost to N. Colorado, Tied with Montana, and defeated Eastern Washington, and will now hit the road to Idaho where they will face off against Idaho on Friday, and Idaho St. on Sunday.

Volleyball – 17-4 (7-1)  The Lady Jacks are still doing very well in Conference play, and have gone undefeated since the last post (3-0) winning at Idaho, and defeating Portland St. and Sacramento St. in Flagstaff.  Up next, the Lady Jacks will face off against Montana (tonight) and Montana St. (Saturday).

Let’s keep up the great work Jacks! #NAUStrong

Let’s open up the thread, and remember to keep up the great work, Jacks!!!